This year’s theme is kotowaza. Entries are scored for theme choice, language use, creativity, and overall production according to the rubric below. Videos may receive a maximum of 16 points. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “JLF Video Contest” in the subject line. Limit two entries per school.
*All submissions are due by 11:59 pm Friday, April 12, 2019.
|Theme||Video content clearly ties in with the theme.||Video content ties in with the theme most of the time.||Videoÿcontent only ties in with the theme occasionally.||Video content is not connected to the theme.|
|Language||Japanese is accurate and easily understood. Speaker does not mumble.||Occasional mistakes in grammar and vocabulary use only minimally distract from the message.||Noticeable mistakes in grammar and vocabulary usage are somewhat distracting.||Frequent mistakes in grammar and vocabulary usage distract from the message. Cannot understand the speaker.|
|Creativity||The video is original, creative, and unique. The video is memorable.||The video is original and unique most of the time. The video may or may not be memorable.||The video contains some original or creative content but is not memorable.||The video has no original content. The video is not memorable.|
|Production||Visuals are cohesive with smooth transitions and edits. The sound is balanced and easy to hear. All sound and visual elements connect with the video's message.||Visuals are well planned and cohesive most of the time. The sound may have occasional lapses in quality. A majority of sound and visual elements connect with the video's message.||Visuals indicate some planning but are difficult to follow. Frequent lapses in sound quality. Sound and visual elements only tie into the message occasionally.||Visuals are disjointed. Poor edits and transitions. The sound quality is poor. Many sound and visual elements distract from the video's message.|
A Brief Introduction
A haiku is a very short Japanese poem of three phrases and typically has the following three qualities:
- Haiku juxtaposes two images or ideas with a kireji, or a cutting word, between them.
- Haiku traditionally consists of 17 on, sometimes translated as morae or syllables, in a three-phrase, five-seven-five form.
- Haiku usually contains a kigo, a word with seasonal reference, from a defined list called a saikiji. A list of saikiji can be found here.
For more detailed information on the form and history of haiku check out the Wikipedia article here.
This year’s contest categories are humor, nature, and school. Submissions will be evaluated for accurate language use, proper form, and appropriate content. Level 1 and 2 submissions may be in English, but level 3 submissions must be in Japanese. Please email submissions to email@example.com and include “JLF Haiku” in the subject line. Limit three submissions per school.
*All submissions are due by 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019.